Doncic gets 11th triple-double of season as Mavericks beat Raptors

Toronto Raptors' Scottie Barnes shoots as Dallas Mavericks' Josh Green, right, and P.J. Washington defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors' Scottie Barnes shoots as Dallas Mavericks' Josh Green, right, and P.J. Washington defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO -- Luka Doncic had 30 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds on his 25th birthday for his 11th triple-double of the season, Kyrie Irving scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 136-125 on Wednesday night.

Doncic shot 11 for 23, going just 1 of 8 from 3-point range, as Dallas snapped a two-game skid. He went 7 for 9 at the foul line.

P.J. Washington Jr. added 23 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 for Dallas. Daniel Gafford scored 13 points as the Mavericks bounced back from Tuesday's tough loss at Cleveland, when Max Strus hit a 59-footer as time expired to give the Cavaliers a wild 121-119 win.

Scottie Barnes had 19 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double, Immanuel Quickley scored a season-high 28 points and RJ Barrett had 26 points for the Raptors, who lost for the first time in four games since the All-Star break.

Jakob Poeltl scored 16 points, Kelly Olynyk had 13 and Gary Trent Jr. 11, but Toronto couldn't win a third straight meeting with the Mavericks.

Doncic had six of Dallas' eight assists in the first quarter, including an eye-popping no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to Hardaway for a wide-open 3-pointer. Washington scored 13 points in the first as the Mavs led 36-34 after one.

Doncic scored eight points in the second and Hardaway added nine for Dallas, but Quickley had 10 points for Toronto as the Raptors took a 67-66 lead at the half.

Dallas turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, leading to 15 points for the Raptors, but the Mavericks had just two miscues in the third. Doncic scored 11 points in the quarter and added six more assists as Dallas took a 106-92 edge to the fourth.

The Mavericks played without big man Maxi Kleber, who sat because of a dislocated right small toe dislocation and nasal fracture. Dallas guard Dante Exum (right knee) played for the first time since Jan. 26 at Atlanta, ending a 13-game absence.

Toronto forward Chris Boucher was not available because of an illness.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit Boston on Friday.

Raptors: Host Golden State on Friday.

PACERS 123, PELICANS 114

INDIANAPOLIS -- Pascal Siakam had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrese Haliburton added 17 points and 13 assists -- four on late consecutive possessions -- and the Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-114 on Wednesday night.

The teams will complete the home-and-home set Friday night in New Orleans.

Brandon Ingram had 30 points and six rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost for the third time in their past four games. CJ McCollum added 23 points and six rebounds and Zion Williamson also scored 23 points.

Once behind by 20, New Orleans crept within three before Haliburton took over in crunch time. His stepback 3-pointer from the right wing extended the lead to 115-109 with 2:56 to play. Haliburton then assisted on three consecutive baskets by Siakamin the lane, the last a fast-break dunk that put New Orleans behind 121-111 with 1:17 to go, before finding Myles Turner for another basket in the final minute.

Turner finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 49% from the field and made 14 3-pointers. Obi Toppin added 16 points and six rebounds, Bennedict Mathurin scored 16 points, and T.J. McConnell had eight points and nine assists.

Indiana seized control early, finishing a dominant first quarter with a 40-24 advantage. McConnell's unchallenged learner in the lane pushed the gap to 44-24 and prompted a timeout by New Orleans coach Wille Green early in the second period.

Mixing in some zone defense, the Pelicans slowed Indiana's scoring over the next 10 minutes and cut the deficit to 64-53 at halftime. A 10-point third quarter from Mathurin helped the Pacers carry a 96-86 lead to the fourth.

Indiana played without starting wing Aaron Nesmith (sprained right ankle) and reserve forward Doug McDermott (sprained right calf).

Dyson Daniels, one of New Orleans' top perimeter defenders who was tied for 13th in the league in steals per game, missed his eighth straight because of a meniscus tear. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas, averaging 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, played only seven minutes and did not score.

T'WOLVES 110, GRIZZLIES 101

MINNEAPOLIS -- Anthony Edwards scored 17 of his 34 points in the third quarter, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves move into sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with a 110-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Naz Reid provided a spark off the Minnesota bench with 19 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 13 points and 11 rebounds in his return after missing Tuesday's win over San Antonio for personal reasons. The Wolves (42-17) have won three straight and lead Oklahoma City by one-half game in the West.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 33 points and 13 rebounds. Zaire Williams added 16 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost three straight.

The Wolves improved to 6-2 in the second game of back-to-backs, including 4-0 at home.

Memphis jumped out to an early 14-0 lead -- the biggest advantage for either team. Minnesota didn't score until Towns made a 3-pointer 3:16 into the game.

Minnesota went on a 9-0 run late in the third quarter, including seven straight points by Edwards, to tie it at 81-all. Edwards also clamped down on Jackson during that sequence as Minnesota looked for ways to slow down Memphis' top scorer.

Edwards was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.

Jackson had a chance to make it a one-possession game in the final two minutes but airballed a 3-pointer. Edwards followed with a dunk that extended Minnesota's lead to 108-101 with 1:31 to play.

Minnesota was without forward Kyle Anderson, who suffered a left knee sprain Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Portland on Friday.

Timberwolves: Host Sacramento on Friday.

photo Toronto Raptors' Scottie Barnes dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
photo Toronto Raptors' RJ Barrett shoots over Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
photo Toronto Raptors' RJ Barrett, right, shoots on Dallas Mavericks' P.J. Washington during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
photo Toronto Raptors' Scottie Barnes shoots over Dallas Mavericks' Daniel Gafford during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
photo Dallas Mavericks' P.J. Washington (25) claims a rebound from Toronto Raptors Jakob Poeltl, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
photo Toronto Raptors' Immanuel Quickley shoots on the Dallas Mavericks defense during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

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